The Thirteenth Year (1999)

TV Movie   |  TV-G   |    |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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A teen learns that his birth mother is a mermaid after he begins to grow fins and slimy scales on his thirteenth birthday.




  • Brent Briscoe in The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  • Courtnee Draper in The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  • Justin Jon Ross in The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  • Courtnee Draper and Chez Starbuck in The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  • Courtnee Draper and Chez Starbuck in The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  • Bridget Byrd and Kendra Byrd in The Thirteenth Year (1999)

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25 May 1999 | mermatt
| Wet fun with a little merboy
Chez Starbuck is very appealing as Cody who is the son of a mermaid. He is raised by humans on land and thus doesn't realize his real heritage. But when he reaches puberty in his 13th year, instead of hair, he starts growing fins and scales on his arms and legs.

The film is a cute metaphor about puberty and being different. All people experience the feeling of anxiety over physical and spiritual changes in their lives just as Cody does in the story. In addition, the fact that the boy realizes that he is half fish is a metaphor for the human connection with the ecosystem around us. We are part of nature, and nature is a part of us. We, like the boy, must surrender to this connection and live in harmony.

The plot is open ended, leaving the possibility that it could be followed by another film or possibly a TV series. Judging from the fact that the film is better than average as a TV-movie, I look forward to seeing the story continue. Stay wet, Cody!

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